Submissions open for Design4Health 2024 conference


27 Oct 2023

Submissions are now open for Design4Health 2024, the 7th international conference on design for health. Next summer’s conference is hosted by Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University. The theme is ‘Equilibrium in a time of permacrisis‘ and the review committee invites submissions in the form of extended abstracts and poster proposals.


We continue to live in a time of unprecedented change. We have experienced a global pandemic, been confronted by economic uncertainty, witnessed climate change’s devastating impact, and continue to experience societal inequality. Advances in AI and other technologies promise new opportunities while raising ethical challenges.

Permacrisis is a term used to describe an extended period of instability and insecurity. History has shown that new ways of thinking can be borne at times of overwhelming change and crisis.

How can how design research and creative practice enable us to envision alternative futures as we consider a new equilibrium?

At Design4Health 2024, we welcome contributions of research that explore any aspect of design and creative practice in the context of health and healthcare, including:

  • Redressing power imbalances
  • Responding to planetary health and our relationships with the planet
  • Exploring future design pedagogies
  • Debating the role of new technologies in health
  • Addressing ethical questions relating to the field

More details about this year’s themes are in the Call for Papers. This year, we invite the following submissions types:

Paper submissions for oral presentation

We invite you to submit an extended abstract (1200 words) with up to 6 figures. Alternatively, you may submit a 2 minute video abstract. Full details and a style guide are on the conference website.

Poster submissions

We invite you to submit a poster proposal in the form of a short summary and 1 page pdf.

Key dates

Deadline for submissions Sun 10 Dec 2023 23:59GMT
Delegate registration opens Easter 2024
Conference 25-27 June 2024 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield, UK


Kirsty Christer – Conference organiser: k [dot] a [dot] christer [at] shu [dot] ac [dot] uk

@design4health @lab4living

Please note, delegate fees and other details will be announced soon – please check back.